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Sky Sports Scout - Alex Smithies

We run the rule over English starlet Alex Smithies

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NAME: Alex Smithies AGE: 19 (5th March, 1990) BORN: Huddersfield POSITION: Goalkeeper CLUB Huddersfield Town FACTS: Has played for England at four age levels Sky Sports Scout Ratings: 0-10 - No hoper 11-20 - Should look elsewhere 21-30 - Might not make it 31-40 - Has work to do 41-50 - Keep an eye on him 51-60 - Great prospect 61-70 - On his way to the top 71-80 - Already World-class

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Latest under our scout's gaze is Huddersfield's Alex Smithies - recommended by Sky Sports reader Graeme Rayner.

The scout reports...

Alex Smithies is already considered one of the finest young goalkeepers in British football.

He has featured for England at every level up to U19s but he is already being tipped as a future No.1 for his country.

Smithies made his debut for Huddersfield in October but by December he was already established as first-choice under Lee Clark, which just shows how highly regarded he is.

Smithies is one of the new breed of goalkeepers in that he is a skilful all-round footballer, and is as capable with his feet as he is with his hands.

The 19-year-old has all the attributes needed to be a top-class keeper. He commands his area in a way that defies his age, whilst his shot-stopping and handling are top-notch.

He has recently penned a new four-year deal at Huddersfield, but it remains to be seen how long they will be able to hang onto him.

The scout says...

Almost every Premier League club had scouted Smithies and it is little surprise given his potential.

A couple of more years of first-team football would be the ideal scenario for the teenager, but for that to happen he may have to resist some major overtures in the meantime.

The Scout rating...

Handling: 8 out of 10

Kicking: 8 out of 10

Agility: 8 out of 10

Judgement: 7 out of 10

Positioning: 8 out of 10

Shot-stopping: 8 out of 10

Current ability: 8 out of 10

Potential ability : 10 out of 10


Current value: £4million

Potential value: £30million

Your opinion...

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